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Disney Channel’s hit High School Musical comes to life on stage for Broadway/San Diego, Dec. 26-30: Wed. at 7:30, Thur. at 2 & 7:30, Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 1 & 6:30. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley, plays Jan. 2-6: Wed.-Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 1 & 6. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-570-1100; broadwaysd.com.

Lamb’s Players’ annual Festival of Christmas offering, Christmas on My Mind, runs thru Dec. 29: Tues. (except Dec. 25), Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 6; select dates at 2 also. The troupe expands to the Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.) for An American Christmas, its yearly turn-of–the-century feast and celebration, thru Dec. 30, at 6:30. Resident theater: 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.

At North Coast Repertory Theatre: A Christmas Carol, thru Dec. 30: Wed. at 7 (Dec. 26 at 2), Thur. at 2, Fri. at 7, Sat. at 2 & 6, Sun. at 2. String of Pearls boasts four actresses playing 27 characters, Jan. 12–Feb. 10: Thur.-Sat. at 8 (Jan. 29 at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7, also Jan. 23 at 7. Late Nite Catechism, the side-splitting story of a nun in the classroom, returns Jan. 28-30 at 7:30. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.

The Grinch brings his unique grumpiness to the Old Globe Theatre’s 10th-anniversary production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, on the main stage thru Dec. 30: Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 7:30 (Dec. 30 at 1 & 5:30); select dates at 1, 5:30 & 7:30 also. In This Corner, a World War II–era boxing production, hits the Old Globe’s Cassius Carter stage Jan. 5–Feb. 10, while Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility fills the main stage Jan. 12–Feb. 10: Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623; theoldglobe.org.

A workshop production of The Blessing of a Broken Heart, based on Sherri Mandell’s award-winning book, appears at the San Diego Repertory Theatre Jan. 4-20: Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 8 (Jan. 19 at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000; sandiegorep.com.

At the Welk Resort Theatre: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas plays thru Dec. 30. Wayland Pickard impersonates entertainer Liberace in Music & Memories, Jan. 3-20. Oklahoma! rolls in Jan. 24–Apr. 6. Showtimes: Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. & Sun. at 1:45. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448; welktheatre.com.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents New Tang Dynasty TV’s 2008 Chinese New Year Spectacular, featuring classical Chinese dance and expression, Jan. 15 & 17 at 8, Jan. 16 at 2 & 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

Cirque du Soleil presents Corteo, a mysterious show about clowns and magic, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Jan. 11–Feb. 3 at 8 (also at 4 on Jan. 19, 25, 26 & 31, Feb. 1 & 2), Sun. at 1 & 5). 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 800-678-5440; cirquedusoleil.com.

Neil Simon’s Sweet Charity is staged by Coronado Playhouse Jan. 18–Feb. 17: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns to Cygnet Theatre thru Dec. 30: Tues.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. Catch a glimpse of Troy Maxson’s family life in August Wilson’s Fences, Jan. 26–Feb. 24: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, 619-337-1525; cygnettheatre.com.

Diversionary Theatre presents The Daddy Machine, based on Johnny Valentine’s children’s book, Jan. 18-27: Thur. & Fri. at 7, Sat. at 1 & 7 (Jan. 26 also at 11 a.m.), Sun. at 1 & 3. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097; diversionary.org.

The Pillowman, a chilling comedy, is at Ion Jan. 20–Feb. 16. Ion Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Rd., 619-374-6894; iontheatre.com.

Triple Espresso pours its cups o’ caffeinated cheer thru Feb. 17 with the perky humor of Hugh, Buzz and Bobby. Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 5 & 8, Sun. at 3. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-234-9583; tripleespresso.com.

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents The World of Jewtopia: A Night of Comedy, Jan. 19 at 8:30. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, 858-457-3030; lfjcc.org.

Lynx Performance Theatre presents Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, Jan. 25–Mar. 2; Fri.-Sun. at 8, plus Feb. 12, 19 & 26 at 9. 2653 Ariane Dr., 619-8839-3190; lynxperformance.com.

New Village Arts premieres Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, exploring the coming of age of the counterculture’s kids, Jan. 19–Feb. 17: Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245; newvillagearts.org.

Actor-comedian Robert Dubac explores The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, Jan. 26 at 8 in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.

San Diego Musical Theatre presents the classic Guys & Dolls, Jan. 25–Feb. 3: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 4652 Mercury St., 858-560-5740; sdmt.org.

An all female cast performs multiple roles in Anton in Show Business at Sixth@Penn, Jan. 17–Mar. 2: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210; sixthatpenn.com.


Comedy Heroes

The Hinges Comedy Improv Troupe was recently named San Diego’s Best Theater Group on Channel 10’s A-List. But that’s nothing compared to their other proclaimed feats, which include “saving orphaned baby whales from marauding Mongol hordes in the 12th century, inventing water, and stopping crime in Detroit in the late ’80s.” Known for their “wild, saucy and shockingly different comedy sketches,” Hinges performers improvise their routines as they go, resulting in a never-again-duplicated show each time. Catch the hilarity Jan. 26 & Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m. at Hillcrest’s 6th@Penn theatre. Advance reservations only. Tickets are $8. 619-226-0268; hingesimprov.com.



At Anthology: Anthology House Band, Dec. 26 & 27 at 7:30; The Steely Damned, Dec. 28 at 7:30 & 9:30; Pete Escoveda Orchestra, Dec, 29 & 30 at 7:30 & 9:30; Lee Rocker and Anthology House Band, Dec. 31, 5:30-8:30 & 9-1; Anthology House Band, Jan. 3 at 7:30; Charmaine Clamor, Jan. 4 at 7:30; Detroit Underground, Jan. 4 at 9:30; Michael Ward, Jan. 5 at 7:30; Bill Frisell and Joey Baron, Jan. 8-9 at 7:30; Anthology House Band, Jan. 10 at 7:30; Hank Easton, Jan. 16 at 7:30; Anthology House Band, Jan. 17 at 7:30; Chuchito Valdez, Jan. 18 at 7:30 & 9:30; Debbie Davis, Jan. 23 at 7:30; Anthology House Band, Jan. 24 at 7:30; Stanley Clark, Jan. 25 & 26 at 7:30 & 9:30; The Soul Persuaders, Jan. 30 at 7:30; Robben Ford, Jan. 31 at 7:30. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300; anthologysd.com.

At the Belly Up Tavern: Boogie Nights——Metal Snake, Dec. 28; Pato Banton, Dec. 2; Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, Dec. 30 at 8; Elijah Emanuel & the Revelations, Jan. 4; David Lindley, Jan. 9 at 8; Dilated Peoples, Jan. 18; Dead Man’s Party, Jan. 19; Steve Poltz album release, Jan. 24; Ozomatli, Jan. 25 & 26; Mountain, Jan. 27 at 8. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.

At Canes Bar & Grill: Iron Maidens and Monsters of Rock, Dec. 29 at 9; Tainted Love, Dec. 31 at 9; Faded Chroniclez, Jan. 1 at 8; Sean Healy & Twista, Jan. 16 at 8; Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute), Jan. 26 at 9. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858-488-1780; canesbarandgrill.com.

Rockin’ the Casbah: Mother Hips and Billy Midnight, Dec. 31; The Creepy Creeps, and Lords of Altamont, Jan. 5; The Dwarves, Jan. 10; Greg Laswell, Jan. 11; The Black Heart Procession, Jan. 12; The Weather Underground, The Secret Stolen and Jon Wesley, Jan. 14; Sole and Telephone Jim Jesus, Jan. 16; Fu Manchu and It’s Casual, Jan. 18; The Long and Short of It, Demasiado and Vitro, Pen and Ink, Jan. 19; The Legendary Shack Shakers, Jan. 20; Daredevil Jane, Roses on Her Grave and Thieves and Liars, Jan. 21; Will Hoge, Jason Isbell and Jeremy Fisher, Jan. 23 at 7; Yeasayer and MGMT, Jan. 25; Gram Rabbit CD release show, Jan. 26; Hotel St. George and Desert Diamonds, Jan. 27; Irradio, Sky Parade and The Buzzkill Romantics, Jan. 28; White Williams and Health, Jan. 29. Doors open at 8:30. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355; casbahmusic.com.

At 4th and B: KC & the Sunshine Band, Dec. 29 at 8; Pat Green, Jan. 18 at 7. 345 B St., downtown, 619-299-2583; 4thandb.com.

At House of Blues: Skid Row and L.A. Guns, Jan. 10 at 8; Xavier Rudd and Mishka, Jan. 11 at 9; Exodus and Goatwhore, Jan. 22 at 8; From the Jam and Hugh Cornwell, Jan. 24 at 8. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.

At the Sports Arena: The Blue Man Group, Jan. 11 at 8. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.

At Viejas’ DreamCatcher: K-Ci and Jo-Jo, Dec. 28 at 8; Tower of Power, Jan. 20 at 8. 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine, 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.


The Athenaeum presents the Borealis Wind Quintet, Jan. 20 at 7:30. Quartet M, featuring Marty Erlich, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, and Matt Wilson, performs Jan. 25 at 8. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.

The Fallbrook Music Society presents the Italian Saxophone Quartet, Jan. 20 at 3. Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, 760-451-8644; fallbrookmusicsociety.org.

Performances by the San Diego Symphony: Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Jan. 11 & 12 at 8, Jan. 13 at 2. “Symphony Exposed” Concert, Jan. 10 at 7:30; Winter Pops Concert with Jennifer Holliday, Jan. 18 & 19 at 8. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with San Diego Symphony, Jan. 24 at 7:30. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.

La Jolla Music Society presents pianist Gilles Vonsattel, Jan. 11 at 7:30 in the Schulman Auditorium at Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Ln.); Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, Jan. 12 at 8 at Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla); Tango Fire, Jan. 25 at 8, and Ramsey Lewis Trio, Jan. 26 at 8, both at Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Ave.). 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.

Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series includes the trio of Angela Fuller, Timothy Day and Marc Chapiro performing Bach sonatas, Jan. 25 & 26 at 8 in the Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa), Jan. 27 at 2 in St. Elizabeth Seton (6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad), Jan. 27 at 6:30 in the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe (5951 Linea del Cielo). 619-239-0100; mainlymozart.org.

Jung-Ho Pak conducts the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in “Hollywood Hits,” Jan. 20 at 2 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 858-350-0290; sdco.org.

San Diego Early Music Society presents Asteria, with soprano Sylvia Rhyne and tenor/lutist Eric Redlinger, Jan. 11 at 8. St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, 619-291-8246; sdems.org.

San Diego Opera visits the world of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Jan. 26 & 29 & Feb. 1 at 7, Feb. 3 at 3. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-533-7000; sandiegoopera.com.


Acoustic Music San Diego kicks off the new year with Al Kooper, Jan. 16 at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176; acousticmusicsandiego.com.

Bernardo Winery offers live music every Sun., 2-5, thru Dec. 30. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Poway, 858-487-1866; bernardowinery.com.

Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz flits into the Birch North Park Theatre Jan. 10 at 7:30. Pianist George Winston plays Jan. 27 at 7. 2891 University Ave., North Park, 619-239-8836; lyricoperasandiego.org.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Jan. 12 at 8; the 50th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Jan. 24 at 8; Staggering Toward America, Jan. 25 & 26 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

Camarada journeys to the French countryside with “Soirée Parisienne,” Jan. 20 at 6 at the Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa) & Jan. 25 at St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave.). 619-231-3702; camarada.org.

San Diego Folk Heritage presents The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh, Jan. 12 at 7:30; Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Jan. 26 at 7:30. San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040; sdfolkheritage.org.

The Spreckels Organ Society hosts free concerts every Sun. at 2. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, 619-702-8138; sosorgan.com.

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